22 March in Liverpool

The dialogue will commence at 14:00 & end by 17:00. Refreshments will be provided.

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Pat O'Hare was the Executive Director of Harm Reduction International from its founding in 1996 until he stepped down in 2004. He was then Honorary President of IHRA from 2004 until 2011, when he was elected to the board of directors of Harm Reduction International (HRI), the new name of IHRA. His work has taken him around the world to advocate for harm reduction approaches to the problems caused by drug use, especially those caused by the sharing of injecting equipment. He has edited three books on harm reduction and has published extensively on HIV prevention, education and drug policy, and have spoken at many international conferences.
Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos is a cardiologist, working as researcher at Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens-Greece and at Medical Imaging Research Center, University Hospital Gathuisberg in Leuven-Belgium. His main research interests are new modalities in cardiovascular imaging and he has received a scholarship from the Greek Society of Cardiology for research and education in this field. He has studied the effects of smoking on subclinical cardiac dysfunction using new imaging techniques since 2010.
Since leaving school 'a very long time ago' Sarah Jakes has worked in the shipping industry, the foreign exchange market and now runs her own business in property management. A smoker of some 35 years Sarah switched to vaping in April 2013, only to find that the choice of this safer alternative for smokers was under threat from excessive and ill founded regulation. Having joined forces with other consumers in the battle against over regulation in the EU parliament Sarah is convinced that a better understanding of e-cigarettes and other harm reduced products among key influencers and decision makers is required if these products are ever to reach their full potential for public health gains.
Russell is currently Research & Evaluation Manager at User Voice, a charity which helps and researches service users in the criminal justice system. He has been a specialist researcher, lecturer and consultant on drug use for 35 years. From the mid-1980s he helped evaluate the harm reduction approach to drug use in Merseyside, and published the first paper on harm reduction in 1987. From 1998 to 2005, he was Joint Programme Leader of the Dip/MSc in Drug Use & Addiction at Liverpool John Moore’s University, followed by 5 years as Senior Researcher for Manchester Lifeline. Since 2010 he has worked freelance as 3D Research, specialising in research on new psychoactive substances. He has published 3 books (Living with Heroin, Tripology and Magic Mushrooms) and many articles on drug use and drug problems.

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Sir Giles Gilbert Scott Suite

Liverpool Cathedral (Anglican)

St James Mount

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Car parking is available. Charges apply and the entrance to the car park is on Upper Duke Street.